The time has come to unveil the best PS5 and PS4 games of 2022...according to readers of Push Square! Back near the end of the year, we asked our community to vote for their favourite titles, based on a shortlist of 50 PlayStation games.
This year, the voting system was actually weighted based on user preference, with someone's number one game being granted more points than their second choice, then third choice, and so on. Readers could vote for up to five games.
Below are the top ten games of 2022, as voted by our community. We've also included the total number of votes, total points, and the overall vote percentage per game.
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - 287 votes, 724 points (2%)
9. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection - 339 votes, 734 points (2%)
8. Sifu - 325 votes, 746 points (2%)
7. A Plague Tale: Requiem - 461 votes, 1,216 points (3%)
6. The Last of Us: Part I - 577 votes, 1,507 points (4%)
5. Gran Turismo 7 - 583 votes, 1646 points (5%)
Many would say that Gran Turismo came back with a bang in 2022 thanks to Gran Turismo 7. The long-awaited mainline sequel is a highly polished racing sim, decked out in all kinds of details that only a developer like Polyphony Digital could give a damn about. A clear and unbridled appreciation for all things automobiles is the driving force behind everything impressive in the legendary series' latest. It looks gorgeous, it handles like a dream, and it's fit to burst with content. What more could you want from Gran Turismo?
4. Stray - 735 votes, 1803 points (5%)
Stray turned out to be something of a smash hit when it released straight to PS Plus back in the summer. This atmospheric exploration game is, of course, famous for the fact that you play as a cat — but get past the gimmick and it's obvious that a lot of effort has been put into building Stray's dense, detailed world. Slinky controls and an intriguing story push the experience even further, until we're left with a refreshingly focused adventure that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. A delight, as many of you seem to agree.
3. Elden Ring - 1,288 votes, 5,166 points (15%)
And this is where the points gap starts to become abundantly clear. Let's face it: 2022 was a good year for gaming, but only a handful of titles truly seemed to grip the hearts and minds of players. One of those games was, of course, Elden Ring. FromSoftware took its Souls formula and built an entire open world around it. The result was, by far, the most successful title that the Japanese developer has ever been a part of, absolutely smashing sales records and garnering near universal praise. For months, Elden Ring was all anyone talked about, and it's easy to see why. An immense, utterly engrossing RPG that'll go down as an all-time great.
2. Horizon Forbidden West - 1,604 votes, 5,611 points (16%)
Proving that open world games aren't going anywhere anytime soon, you lot voted Horizon Forbidden West as the second best game of 2022. A gorgeous adventure across dense wilderness and through striking ruins, Aloy's sophomore outing actually ended up getting buried by the aforementioned Elden Ring in terms of the gaming conversation — but its qualities certainly haven't been forgotten by PlayStation fans. Guerrilla Games once again shows that it's capable of delivering technical marvels, while also expanding upon everything that Horizon Zero Dawn did well. More robot dinosaurs, more combat depth, more characters, more Aloy — yet another seriously impressive effort by PlayStation Studios.
1. God of War Ragnarok - 1,845 votes, 7,789 points (23%)
As if there was ever any doubt. Like Thor's mighty hammer, God of War Ragnarok landed near the end of the year and basically blew everyone away. 2018's God of War was not an easy act to follow — but Ragnarok is arguably on a different level. In terms of scope, it's a near mind-blowing accomplishment as Kratos and Atreus journey through the Nine Realms, all of them meticulously crafted and utterly packed with combat encounters, puzzles, and secrets. Even amongst Sony's heaviest hitters, Ragnarok feels like an absolute juggernaut. It's no wonder that this incredible Norse tale ran away with the readers' vote — a standout winner, and a more than worthy Game of the Year.
What do you make of this top ten? Are there any surprises in there? Which games do you think missed out? You only have yourselves to blame in the comments section below.